Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Student Journalism: Covering the Election 2.0 Style

I know it has been a while since I posted, but when I came across this large scale Inauguration project I just needed to give a shout out and share this as one of the most exciting projects I have seen in a while. It is being conducted by a fellow CFF school has already received recognition as it is going to be monitored for content by NBC news on both a national and local level. Knowing that learning like this is happening, well... I can't be more PROUD to be a part of this CFF Initiative.

So what is this project all about?
Ten students from Springfield Senior High School will be traveling to Washington D.C. for Inauguration Week and blogging to provide first-hand accounts of this much anticipated event. These students will interview their peers from all over the country who have traveled to Washington from all over the country to witness this historic Inauguration and, conditions permitting, stream live video back from the event in Washington D.C.. This video will show a student perspective of the Inauguration and also provide a grassroots “on the ground” commentary that may not be seen on the major news networks. All interviews will also be streamed live and archived as well for later viewing should anyone wish to do so.

The good news is not matter where you are from you TOO can participate in this exciting project! Simply visit this site is definitely going to be one blog I am monitoring over the next few weeks.

In addition to the ten students in Washington, as crew of five Government students and a group from the Broadcast Journalism and Journalism classes at Springfield will take the stage at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia right before and right after the Inauguration Ceremony, these students will be interviewing visitors to the Constitution Center to gain their perspective on the day.

The anchor of the project is a blog which has been included in the official PA Department of Education lessons plans for Inauguration Day. The students in Washington and at the National Constitution Center will assist in facilitating the discussion on the blog. This blog will pose questions and encourage commentary from all of the schools in Pennsylvania and hopefully even further. When you go to the blog you will be able to read a the students' postings that asks a questions or encourages a response. The teachers are hopeful that PA Governor Ed Rendell and Judge Marjorie Rendell may be able to participate in the discussion with the students as well as others throughout the Commonwealth and the Country. I am encouraging all teachers who read this post to visit the blog and have their students leave their thoughts. Please note, all comments are moderated there will be a delay before you can read them.

The Broadcast Journalism students at the school will be working to complete a set of short videos that can be used as reference materials during the week. These videos cover Science, Math, World Languages, Social Studies, and provide ties to Language Arts the videos will be archived on the internet (a link will be provided as soon as it is ready).

The only thing missing from the project right now is you!

Want to start now??? Visit the blog and comment on the January 12th posting and while you are there please take a moment to visit the blog and view a message from Judge Marjorie Rendell as check out this project which has already made local news.

Help make this project a success and show that student voice does matter!

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1 comment:

  1. Hi, KH,

    I know you are busy so please feel free to ignore this... I tagged you in the "7 things you don't need to know about me" meme.